Our faculty is involved in many professional organizations that afford them the opportunity to go beyond the clinic or research lab and share knowledge with the community. For the past decade Neuroscientists at the Anschutz Medical Campus have provided outreach programs to elementary and high school students and teachers at nearby schools during a national event in March called “Brain Awareness Week.”
This activity is sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience comprised of over 40,000 members. Professors Kristin Artinger (School of Dentistry) and Thomas Finger (School of Medicine) have lead these efforts to orient young minds to the intrigue , challenge, and promise of brain research.
In January of 2009 and 2010, Dr. John Sladek, Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, provided community outreach lectures for students at Summit County Middle and High Schools as part of an annual program sponsored by the Winter Conference on Brain Research. The topic each year was the potential for stem cells to provide therapeutic benefit for neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, spinal cord injury, developmental disorders and other conditions that affect the nervous system.